Canada, Honduras share 1-1 draw as semifinals confirmed at Concacaf Olympic Qualifiers

Canada and Honduras played to a 1-1 draw on Thursday evening within the final Group B match on the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying event, confirming the semifinal matchups that may decide the area’s two representatives on the Tokyo Summer time Olympics.

Right here’s what awaits the United States and Mexico from Group A, with the semifinals set for Sunday, March 28 on the Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico. The finalists will e book tickets to Japan.

  • Honduras vs. United States, 6 pm ET
  • Mexico vs. Canada, 9 pm ET

The particulars have been locked in after Vancouver Whitecaps FC center back Derek Cornelius emphatically headed home within the twenty eighth minute, just for Honduras to equalize within the thirtieth minute when Denil Maldonado headed home a free kick.

The back-and-forth put Honduras atop Group B and dropped Canada into second place, as each teams finished with 1W-0L-2D data. Los Catrachos scored another goal, giving them pole place based mostly on goal differential.

On Wednesday night, Mexico earned first place in Group A after defeating the United States 1-0 on the Under-23 event. El Tri had a 3W-0L-0L group-stage document on home soil, whereas each national teams swept apart Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic in Group A’s earlier video games.

The US need to keep away from a third straight Summer time Olympics absence, last making the event in 2008. Head coach Jason Kreis’ team acknowledges the stress and now must beat Honduras to advance to Tokyo. Back in 2015, the US lost 2-0 against Honduras within the semifinals behind two goals from now-former Houston Dynamo FC forward Alberth Elis.

In the meantime, Canada’s U-23s are hoping to make the Olympics for the primary time. Their “A team” beforehand reached the 1984 version, however they’ve in any other case come up short when competing within the age-restricted field. They face a difficult activity, with Mexico winning the 2012 London Video games and proudly owning a document seven Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying titles. 

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